The World Health Organization says the political will to end the epidemic is lacking

Paris, November 11 (EFE). – The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said on Thursday that “political will is missing” to end the Covid-19 epidemic, especially due to the uneven distribution of vaccines. , as in Africa.

The head of the agency, who participated in a round table at the Paris Peace Forum, lamented that vaccination coverage on the continent has not exceeded 5% so far, in contrast to the situation in the countries that make up the Group of Twenty, where the rate is. 80%.

Tedros emphasized that “this is reprehensible” in moral terms, as well as in terms of the epidemiological and economic consequences.

“It is something that needs to be resolved,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

The Ethiopian urged governments with large stocks of immunizing agents to share vaccines to reach 40% of the world’s population by the end of this year, and 70% by mid-2022.

Tedros warned that if current trends are maintained, there will be about 80 countries in the world that will not reach 40% coverage by the end of 2021.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization reiterated that after several months in which the epidemic seemed to be receding, there is an increase in cases and that the numbers of injuries and deaths are currently high, with about 7,000 victims falling daily on the planet.

During the discussion, Tedros stressed that “no country will be able to put an end by itself to this epidemic.”

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who participated in the same roundtable, stressed that “the EU is fully committed to resolving this injustice” of unequal access to vaccines.

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The official noted that in recent days, the countries that make up the European Union were able to include more than 200 million doses of immunizing agents in the Covax mechanism, promoted by the World Health Organization, to deliver vaccines to the poorest countries in the world. EFE

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